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Fire and Smoke Alarms: Changes to the Law

The new law has come about because of the Grenfell fire in London in 2017, and it applies to all Scottish homes.


It is the property owner’s responsibility for meeting the new standard.

What each home needs


By February 2022 every home must have:

·       one smoke alarm in the living room or the room you use most

·       one smoke alarm in every hallway or landing

·       one heat alarm in the kitchen

All smoke and heat alarms should be mounted on the ceiling and be interlinked.

If you have a carbon-fuelled appliance – like a boiler, fire, heater or flue – in any room, you must also have a carbon monoxide detector in that room, but this does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.


Help with the costs for pensioners and disabled people


Older and disabled homeowners on low incomes may be able to obtain help with the costs and can also contact their local Care and Repair service which gives independent advice and help. West Dunbartonshire Tel: 01389 734188

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